Wedded to Wellness: Soak Yourself

On some occasions, planning a wedding can prove to be an extremely taxing feat. Couples don't want to start their new marriage with a lot of baggage – and we don't mean the luggage kind. In the current issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine, contributing travel editor Becca Hensley gifts readers with the perfect honeymoon spots for couples to recharge and reconnect. "Consider beginning your new life together the way you want to live it — full of vim and vigor." So Hensley offers couples honeymoon options from around the world to ensure your marriage begins in perfect wedded bliss. First on the list was "Say Namaste." We are now traveling to the English countryside with a spa getaway in "Soak Yourself."

-Kelly Massicot

Soak Yourself

Gainsborough Bath Spa, England
Pubs, Roman-era ruins, mom-and-pop shops, cafes and theaters fill the cobble-stoned streets of historic, UNESCO-listed Bath, in the bucolic English countryside. Flanked by the buzz of shoppers, street musicians and flower sellers, Gainsborough Bath Spa, a Leading Hotel of the World, melds contemporary aesthetics to the ancient ritual of bathing in curative waters — something the Romans (and others) did here with regularity. With exclusive rights to the city’s trove of mineral-rich H20, this tony hotel offers its guests a thermal water circuit, a prodigious spa program and rooms that have mineral water flowing from a faucet into over-sized, soaking tubs. An inspiring ritual in which guests write their life worries into an erasable wax tablet begins each spa session, underlining the concept of new beginnings. Note: honeymooners receive 20 percent off spa treatments, roses and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Room A Deux: Bath Spa Suite, which offers unlimited access to the spa, a lounge area and in-suite thermal water service from the bathtub.
Prescription: Seek rapture in the Tranquility for Two self-spa journey, where couples can use oodles of mineralized mud, algae, rose water, exfoliating salts, loofahs, shower gels and moisturizers while they soak int the reparative waters.